Microsoft Products

Oregon State University participates in the Microsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA) that provides software and client access licenses for Microsoft Software. The MSCA provides upgrade and downgrade rights for both the desktop Operating Systems and Productivity Suites.

The systems covered under this agreement are limited to OSU owned desktop/laptop computers. Please see the License Restrictions section of this page for personal and student options.

Products Covered

  • Microsoft Windows Operating Systems (Upgrade/Downgrade Rights)
    Windows 98, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, and 7 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Office Productivity Suites (Upgrade/Downgrade Rights)
    Suite Includes: Word, Excel, Outlook (Entourage), Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, and OneNote.
    • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 (PC)
    • Microsoft Office 2011 (Mac)
  • Additional Software: Participating Departments Only
    • Microsoft Project
    • Microsoft Visio
  • Client Access Licenses:
    • Core Client Access Licenses
    • Enterprise Client Access Licenses

Campus Agreement Details


  • Desktop Bundle (Office Professional with Enterprise CALs) - $52.89/FTE
  • Microsoft Project - $5.19/FTE
  • Microsoft Visio - $4.88/FTE
  • Microsoft Visual Studio - No longer available
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) - $3.09/FTE

License Restrictions

The basic Microsoft license covers all departments this year. Add-ons only cover those departments that participate in the individual enrollments each year. Enrollment is available in the fall. Media should be purchased through Dell, our offical Microsoft Reseller.

Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Research/Teaching Assistants in paid assistantships have limited Home Use Rights. Please review the Microsoft Home Use program for eligibility, software available, and the software request form.

For other software options, including operating systems, please visit the Helpdocs Software page.

Informative Links

Microsoft Home Use

The Home Use Program for Microsoft Office allows faculty, staff, and graduate research / teaching assistants who are on paid assistantships to license and install Microsoft Office products on their personally owned computer.

Unlike the old Work at Home program, the Home Use Program does not stipulate that usage must be 100% work-related and a University index is no longer necessary to purchase the software.

Eligibility Requirements

Only regular Oregon State University employees or paid Graduate Research / Teaching Assistants are eligible. Temporary employees, undergraduates and graduate students paid as student workers are not eligible.

Versions Available

Microsoft has stopped distributing Microsoft Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2008, and Office 2010. In addition, the Windows version now being distributed (Office 2013) requires either the Windows 7 or Windows 8; neither XP nor Vista are compatible. The new versions listed below are backwards compatible with documents created in previous versions:

  • Windows: Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus (requires Windows 7 or Windows 8)
  • Apple MacOS X: Microsoft Office 2011


You will need to complete the purchase with a valid credit card.

  • Microsoft Office without a CD: $9.99
  • Microsoft Office with a CD: $12.99 (4-6 week delivery)

How to Obtain Microsoft Office Home Use Media

If you believe that you are eligible for the Microsoft Office Home Use program follow these steps for approval and download instructions.

  1. Submit the webform below.
  2. Once confirmed that you are authorized you will receive an email with an authorization code and a link to the Microsoft website.
  3. Visit the website link and provide the necessary credit card and information to purchase the Microsoft Office Suite of your choice.
  4. Download the software using the computer on which you want to install Microsoft Office.

Home Use Request Form

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